Most returning veterans with PTSD are not being treated by the VA.
Family members of returning war veterans should be alert to the following symptoms:
- trouble sleeping
- jumpiness and nervousness
- anger problems
- lack of communication
- avoiding social situations
- self medication with alcohol or drugs
- trouble with the law
In the military soldiers are taught that pain is weakness. They are taught to suck it up. When they come back, and face PTSD, they may not admit they have problems.
Do not judge them. They are suffering and need help but they fear being judged or stigmatized.
Get them help.
If it is an emergency:
If you think they may be suicidal you can:
Call 1-800-273-8255 to talk to someone right now.
For more information call the PTSD Information Line at (802) 296-6300 or Email email@example.com.
“The annual number of suicides among soldiers on active duty in the Army, Army Reserve, and Army National Guard has risen steadily from 67 in 2004 to at least 128 in 2008. The 2008 figure is likely to top 140 because another 15 cases are under investigation.”
-Journal of American Medical Association, March 18, 2009